FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, dirty, light tan colored head that leaves some slight lacing as it slowly recedes. The beer is an amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper color and lots of carbonation when held up to the light. The aroma has an interesting soft spiciness to it that accentuates a light, fruity sweetness. Aromatic notes reminiscent to woody black pepper, old ginger, bright plum notes, a touch of apple, some berry aromatics, some soft citrus and a slight musty / slightly moldy cotton note combine with a touch of dusty grain character towards the finish. This is an interesting aroma, it is a bit more complex than I expected. It also picks up some notes of tropical fruit, fresh cut tangelos and even a hint of herbal character to it as time goes on.
Fairly dry and carbonated up front, the beer picks up a fruity sweetness towards the middle though. This is quite light bodied for a beer of this strength, or really it has a lightness that I really like to find in Belgian ales of this strength; the peppery, zippy carbonation helps to keep this light and while ample does not detract from the experience of the beer. The long finish has a touch of musty malt to it, hints of browned vegetables as well as a pepper like bite to it. The sweetness in this brew, which is fairly noticeable, incorporates flavors of plums, caramelized apples, perhaps a touch of sweet citrus fruit and a bright berry note. As the beer loses its carbonation it begins to pick up a soft creaminess to the mouthfeel, but still remains quite drinkable. While the dominant spice note is that of black pepper (with a touch of woodiness) there is also some hints of ginger, clove and ephemeral nutmeg.
This is a nice surprise as I was not expecting too much from this beer for some reason. It really has a nice balance between piquant, peppery spice notes and sweet fruit notes, plus it is all wrapped up in a light bodied, easily quaffed package; all of which fit the bill for a good Belgian beer.
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RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fully clouded ruby hued orange. Nose is laden with sugar and also a nutty touch almost. Flavor is thick with sugar and funk. Spice edge on the back side. Nice and even and smooth. Level feel for both liquid and carbonation. A good one to drink.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl. bottle. Cloudy orange/amber with a moussy off-white head. Aroma of bready/bicuity malts with light fruity esters, banana yeast and dusty spice. Slightly sweet bready malt with pear, apple, white grape and banana. Herbal hops and spice lead to a mostly dry finish. Finely carbonated. Fairly decent, though nothing extraordinary for a Belgian.
marcus (7817) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This copper ale poured with a frothy white head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is yeasty, spicy and fruity with a sharp bitter finish.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lightly hazed bronze to copper colored brew. Tall ecru head. Light sweet aromas with fermenting fruit, bananas and pears, roses and a touch of orange zest. Not nearly as sweet as the scent suggest. Some caramel and exotic fruits mamboing about, but not the sticky stuff that the nose hints at. Alcohol is rather present. Let this set on the tongue and the nasal passages are filled with the alcohol vapors and a touch of nail polish remover. Not enough depth for all the alcohol. The stomach is starting to burn. I was really hoping for a little better showing in this one. Just one of those nights.
hayduke (3919) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From an 11.2 oz bottle this poured a cloudy amber with a white head and good lacing. Nose of citrus, bananas, and apples. Medium mouthfeel. Favor of caramel malts, fruits, and spices. Nice enjoyable beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast, spices and sweetness. Flavor of yeast, spices and sweetness, there’s an unpleasant acrid flavor in the end. The body is medium with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation.
valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delayed entry from Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Medium amber pour with a pretty good whitish head. Aroma is very sweet with accents of light citrus fruits...nicely done! Flavor is very good...caramel malts, some spice (nutmeg noted), light fruits (peach noted), with a warming aftertaste. Good mouthfeel. One of the best I tried at the tasting!
SSSteve (3991) - - JAN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear amber with medium sized white head. light fruit(peach, apple) aroma. flavor is also fruity with peach and apple. hints of spice and bready yeast. another above average brew from achilles but nothing too exciting either.
nuplastikk (5168) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 11.2 oz bottle. Slightly murky red-amber color. Deliciously creamy and mellow despite the ABV. A little candi sugar sweetness graces the tongue, and it finishes light and airy, with a perfect amber malt taste. Awesome beer. Must...get...more..Achilles...beers....